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I mulled it over and decided the matter was a dead issue. Little did I know that Randy went to the animal shelter, paid for Cheeto's care, but didn't take him home. When I went back another day for a look-see, I learned "some man was very interested in him, too." I panicked.
Michele Bergstrom, from Eagle River, WI
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Observers have long been commenting on the koala's drastic decline, noting a 95% decrease in population since the 1990s. The latest threat for Australia's iconic animal comes in the form of chlamydia. According to a new article from the BBC, infection rates in some regions have reached as high as 90%.
But concerned citizens are making a difference, petitioning the Australian government to act before it is too late. Volunteers, meanwhile, help rehabilitate sick and wounded koalas before returning them to the wild. And generous gifts help make this possible.